Over the years, Syracuse has built one of the most consistently successful college basketball programs in the nation. The Jim Boeheim era has been particularly fruitful. Ten years after the former Orange guard graduated from Syracuse, he was named the head coach of their basketball program. That day in 1976 was a turning point for the program. 946 wins later, Syracuse is an established college basketball powerhouse. Their success on the court has translated to popularity off of it. Because of their prestige, they are often able to land top high school recruits and consistently produce NBA talent. From their consistent victories on the court to their record-breaking arena, Syracuse basketball is a blue-blood program. The team’s impressive resumé has earned them the #6 spot in FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Team Rankings!
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FanWide’s Top 10:
Teams were evaluated in 8 different categories (visit this blog post to see the
|Fan Clubs (FanWide)||30||11|
|National Championships (All time)||1||13|
|NCAA Tournament Wins (Last 10 years)||17||12|
|Regular Season Wins (Last 10 years)||252||12|
|NBA Lottery Picks (Last 10 years)||4||6|
|Coach Tenure (Years)||43||1|
|Aggregate Social Media Followers (Thousands)||303.3||18|
Fan Clubs: 30 (11th)
Currently, Syracuse has just 2 fan clubs listed in FanWide’s network, the world’s largest fan club database. While this is still a modest number, more Syracuse fan clubs are sure to be added with time. If you want to start a Syracuse fan club in your city, contact FanWide!
National Championships: 1 (13th)
Syracuse’s lone national championship win came in 2003. The famed 2003 squad was led by a young Carmelo Anthony. Players like ‘Melo are few and far between, but Syracuse has a major focus on developing their players, often keeping them for their full 4 years of eligibility. Their next national championship might not be too far away.
Recent NCAA Tournament Wins: 17 (12th)
In the past 10 years, Syracuse has won 17 NCAA tournament games. With four sweet sixteen exits and two final four appearances in this span, Syracuse consistently makes deep tournament runs. Their 17 tournament wins rank them among the best tournament teams in the nation.
Recent Regular Season Wins: 252 (12th)
Syracuse has been an extremely consistent regular season team in the past 10 years. Averaging 25.2 wins per season in that span, Syracuse consistently does enough in the regular season to earn tournament bids. In fact, they have punched their ticket to the tournament in 8 of their past 10 seasons.
Recent NBA Lottery Picks: 3 (6th-tie)
Three Syracuse alumni have been picked in the top 14 in the past 10 years: Michael Carter-Williams, Dion Waiters, and Wesley Johnson. Syracuse consistently produces NBA talent. Players like these have brought national attention to Syracuse basketball and contributed to their national prominence.
Attendance in 2018: 21,462 (2nd)
Because of their devoted fans, Syracuse basketball always has a significant home-court advantage. Their stadium, the Carrier Dome, is affectionately called “The Loud House.” It is the largest on-campus basketball arena in the nation with a maximum listed capacity of 33,000 (though they have seen upwards of 35,000 attendees on occasion). Syracuse basketball is lucky to have a large stadium, but it’s their fans that make the atmosphere so special.
Coach Tenure: 43 years (1st)
Jim Boeheim has been the face of Syracuse basketball for 43 years. Since being hired as the head coach of Syracuse, he boasts a .711 winning percentage, 10 Big East Titles, 33 tournament appearances, 3 national title appearances, and 1 national championship. In short, Boeheim is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of college basketball. Additionally, Boeheim has acted as an assistant coach for the U.S Men’s national teams in both FIBA National Championships and the Summer Olympics. A recipient of the 2006 John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award, and the consensus 2010 Coach of the Year, Boeheim is one of the main reasons why Syracuse is such a prominent program, and his accolades speak for themselves.
Aggregate Social Media Followers: 381,00 (18th)
Syracuse has a significant social media following with 30k Facebook likes, 265k Twitter followers, and 86k Instagram followers. Their social media following has allowed them to grow their fan network beyond Syracuse, New York, and increase their national prominence.
Driven by 2 top 2 finishes, Syracuse is FanWide’s #6 college basketball team!
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